[Photo Stories] Make Democracy Great Again! A Headcount Benefit With Joe Russo’s Almost Dead

Photography by Vic Brazen, Wheels N Waves Media

Headcount is a national non for profit that works with musicians to promote participation in democracy. Long before their partnership with Ariana Grande, Headcount relied on the individual members of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead to help generate noise and voters registrations. The organization is responsible for having signed up over 600,000+ voters since its inception. In fact, years ago I was sitting in the back of a pickup truck at Gathering of the Vibes when I was approached by a Headcount representative with a clip board – I registered right there. Last night Joe Russo’s Almost Dead treated fans and voters to two sets of gorgeous music to benefit Headcount and democracy.

Photographer Vic Brazen (Wheels N Waves Media) was there to capture the event. Check out the full photo gallery below.

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Grateful Shred at Brooklyn Bowl with Special Guest Adam MacDougall

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Photo by Nora Torppey

Am I a Shred Head now? Is that what we’re called? Regardless of monikers, good ol’ Grateful Shred music has been steadily growing a following since they first got together in 2016. You might assume this is just another Grateful Dead cover band. But you’d be *dead* wrong. 

The music of the Grateful Dead is having a renaissance at the moment. You don’t have to be a Deadhead or a music writer to notice, it’s everywhere— four original band members still tour regularly, though not all together. Martin Scorsese just made a documentary about the band and their history. These days it’s not uncommon to see a celebrity pictured in a stealie on Page 6. Tie dyes and GD apparel, that used to be made in someone’s basement and sold on lot, now fill the shelves of Walmart and Target. For several hundred dollars more you can purchase similar styles at Barney's and Free People. For better or worse, the Dead has gone from counter-culture to popular-culture. I suspect there are more GD cover bands now than ever before. Every town or city has one, with...

Put Me In Coach: An Interview With Danny Mayer

Vic Brazen, Wheels N Waves Media

The jam scene is somewhat of a rotating cast of familiar faces, so much so that when you notice a face you don’t know that much about it’s always intriguing. Danny Mayer popped up recently for me this way. Since then I have gotten to know his work and I became interested in his story, enough to ask to speak with him. 

Danny Mayer found a home in the music scene in the early 2000’s when he started his band called the On The Spot Trio, created in the vein of Soulive, and quickly he became a part of the Soulive scene. After joining the Alan Evans Trio, which featured Soulive’s founding member Alan Evans, he eventually came to be in Eric Krasno’s band. He is now the guitarist in Star Kitchen, Marc Brownstein’s funk jam band.